Running back DeMarco Murray has provided some memorable highlights at Owen Field. Against Tulsa, he scored after spinning twice and flipping over a defender into the end zone, reminding fans of the playmaking ability that’s been missing from the past two BCS bowl game losses, both played without the junior. Last week, he did his best impression of a Mack Truck and sent Baylor’s All-Big 12 safety, Jordan Lake, flailing out of bounds to cap off a run on the right sideline. "He’s always been a little more physical than I think people have ever looked at or given him credit for, and I’ve always felt that,” said coach Bob Stoops. "Everyone thinks of Adrian (Peterson) as being so quick and strong, well, he’s about the same size, so he’s pretty close.” But more impressive for Stoops than the flashy highlights has been the Las Vegas native’s development into a complete player. "He does the little things, too. Protecting, he’s good with his hands,” Stoops said. "He can do everything.”
ALL IS NOT LOSTTwo losses have put Oklahoma on the outside looking in as far as the national championship picture goes. It’s an unfamiliar position for a program that has played in BCS bowls in six of the past seven seasons. But Stoops says chasing another chance at a title, a result he wouldn’t rule out, isn’t necessary to keep his team’s attention. "If we were sitting here undefeated, I wouldn’t go there, either,” he said. "What’s it matter? The bottom line is, you’ve got to play well Saturday and win. I don’t think we need that as motivation.”
SIT DOWN, STAND UPJunior receiver Cameron Kenney had a breakout game against Miami, catching six passes for 72 yards and his first career touchdown. But last week against Baylor, Kenney was benched for the second half after dropping several attempts. "If you’ve got guys out there that can make the plays, they should be out there,” Kenney said. "Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make the plays I was supposed to.” Kenney’s fellow receivers recorded 10 dropped passes against the Bears without their No. 1, Ryan Broyles, who could return against Texas after fracturing his shoulder blade against Miami.
CARTER PRACTICESSafety Quinton Carter practiced Monday after missing time with an injured knee against Baylor. The only Sooner who did not practice on Monday was offensive lineman Brian Simmons, who will not play against Texas. Stoops declined comment on the severity of Simmons’ or Carter’s injuries. Stoops also would not say who would be starting in place of Simmons.
QUOTABLE→"That’s probably like a World Cup right there. It’s gonna be crazy.” — Former soccer player and junior college transfer receiver Cameron Kenney, on the atmosphere for his first OU-Texas game.